Clemson committed to ACC, but would entertain proposals

Clemson August graduation - Tri-County Technical College president Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, right, is presented with an honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree by Clemson Board of Trustees chairman David Wilkins.

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Clemson August graduation - Tri-County Technical College president Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, right, is presented with an honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree by Clemson Board of Trustees chairman David Wilkins.

Clemson’s Board of Trustees is committed to the ACC – for now.

Following two weeks of rumor and conjecture surrounding the program’s ACC future – and a potential jump to the Big 12 – the board met in executive session Thursday to discuss information connected to expansion.

BOT chairman David Wilkins said Clemson has not had contact with any other conference.

“This board is going to do what’s in the best interest of Clemson University,” Wilkins told reporters following the meeting in Columbia. “Every decision we make is based on that – what’s best for Clemson. If we receive a viable option, a viable proposal presented to us by any league, this board has the responsibility to consider it, and we will consider it. Until then we’re committed to work and we will work to make the ACC the strongest conference possible.”

Wilkins said Thursday’s meeting was designed to discuss the ACC’s new TV contract, which will pay schools an average of $17 million per year, as well dispel rumors and mistruths about expansion.

“We had some good discussions about that, and heard from President (James Barker) about it,” Wilkins said. “There’s been a lot of enthusiasm and excitement from fans, and we’re all fans too.”

Wilkins added that the board is “passionate about sports at Clemson,” football included, and “wants Clemson athletics to be the best it can be – the best in the country, we’re committed to that.”

When asked what a “serious proposal” from another league would entail, Wilkins said “we’ll have to make that decision when we get it.”

“We haven’t received one, and don’t have any information to lead us to believe that we’ll receive one, but if we do, we’ll consider it,” he said. “In the meantime, we still continue to be committed to making the ACC the strongest conference possible.”

In other news, he added that Clemson is close to a contract extension with head football coach Dabo Swinney. Swinney, who is expected to make approximately $1.9 million next fall, has three years left on his current deal.

“We’re having serious discussions,” Wilkins said. “We’re very close to coming to an agreement.”

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brookesdad729 writes:

in response to CannotStopTheVoice:

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I agree 100%! I hope that there is a viable offer on the table soon. It's amazing how they cater to basketball schools but football brings in 80% of the revenue in the conference. Well Swoffy may get his wish of making the ACC a true basketball conference! We will just have to wait and see. I do know that the Big 12 is courting FSU and Notre Dame first so I'm not going to get my hopes up yet! However, Notre Dame does not want to be attached to anyone but may be forced to...who knows?

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

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Really? How are the NC schools holding Clemson back? How many ACC championships have NC schools won in the last 25 years? I don't hear VT and FSU complaining. Clemson has been Clemson's biggest problem lately.

Basketball is a different story. NC schools care about that sport and Clemson treats basketball as something to pass the time between football and spring football. That's a you problem.

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

Basically he's saying "we're committed to the ACC unless something better comes along." Watch out Mrs. Wilkins! That's your husband's idea of "commitment".

brookesdad729 writes:

in response to sennmanthetigerfan:

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Now that's too funny sennmanthetigerfan....you gonna give doodoo a complex! Now he won't ever let his wife leave home...lol!

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